Maine

Thu
08
Mar

A Cannabis gift economy grows in Maine as recreational sales face further delays

Just like in D.C. and Massachusetts, new Maine businesses are offering “free” weed in exchange for donations or service fees.

Cannabis “gifting” businesses have sprung up in Maine to meet the demand of residents who are legally allowed to smoke weed to their hearts' content, but still aren’t permitted to buy it. Voters in the Pine Tree State approved recreational legalization via a ballot measure back in 2016, but conservative state legislators have been working with Gov. Paul LePage to continually delay the rollout of retail sales.

Wed
28
Feb

Maine: Lawmakers push to rewrite 2016 voter-approved marijuana law

State lawmakers are moving forward with a legislative proposal to significantly amend various provisions of the state’s 2016 voter-approved cannabis law: The Marijuana Legalization Act.

Members of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee have voted 16 to 1 in favor of overhauling the law, which has yet to be fully implemented. Lawmakers had initially voted last year to delay the enactment of provisions regulating the retail production and sale of cannabis.

Mon
26
Feb

Maine: Marijuana regulation bill omits licensing of social clubs; panel also votes not to share cannabis tax revenues with towns

State lawmakers who are working to launch Maine’s adult-use cannabis industry have eliminated all references to social clubs from a proposed overhaul of the Marijuana Legalization Act.

Voters approved social clubs as part of the legalization referendum in 2016, but lawmakers have repeatedly voted for delays in an effort to keep Maine from being the first state to license gathering places for marijuana users.

Sen. Roger Katz: "Go slow and be conservative."

“No other state has licensed social clubs,” said Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, co-chairman of the implementation committee. “This is clearly the law, but it passed by the narrowest of margins. We ought to go slow and be conservative.”

Mon
26
Feb

Georgia lawmaker fights to allow epileptic students to use medical cannabis at school

Even in states with legal medical marijuana, federal law prohibits any form of cannabis usage on public school grounds.

One of the major battlegrounds over federal and state cannabis laws is the public school system, where students who are taking state-legal cannabis medications are being prevented from using their medicine.

Thu
22
Feb

Maine recreational marijuana law limits workplace drug testing, disciplinary consequences imposed by employers

A provision of Maine’s recreational marijuana law prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions for off-premises marijuana use, as of February 1, 2018. This law effectively prevents Maine employers from testing for marijuana for pre-employment purposes.

The law also affects employers who employ employees subject to federal drug and alcohol testing regulations as well as those employers who are exempt from complying with Maine’s drug testing law.

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Thu
22
Feb

Maine committee's marijuana regulation bill omits licensing of social clubs

State lawmakers who are working to launch Maine’s adult-use cannabis industry have eliminated all references to social clubs from a proposed overhaul of the Marijuana Legalization Act.

Voters approved social clubs as part of the legalization referendum in 2016, but lawmakers have repeatedly voted for delays in an effort to keep Maine from being the first state to license gathering places for marijuana users.

Sen. Roger Katz:

Sen. Roger Katz: "Go slow and be conservative."

Tue
20
Feb

Maine: Lawmakers consider lowering number of marijuana plants people can grow for personal use

Maine’s recreational marijuana law allows adults to grow up to six flowering plants for personal and recreational use — but the legislative committee that’s overhauling the law is trying to cut that allotment by half.

Supporters of the proposal under consideration say it would give municipalities more flexibility to craft their own home-grow rules. They also say that the larger limit of six plants creates extra supply, which could potentially find its way onto the black market, especially if out-of-state traffickers pay Maine landowners to cultivate on their property.

They point to the example of Colorado, which originally allowed residents to grow up to 99 plants, but recently slashed it to 12 due to concerns about the black market.

Fri
09
Feb

Provisions protect employees’ off-the-job Marijuana use in Maine

Provisions in the state’s 2016 voter-initiated marijuana law that seek to limit employers from penalizing employees for their off-the-job marijuana use went into effect last week.

Wed
07
Feb

As Maine’s recreational pot law stalls, lawmakers seek to revamp medical marijuana program

Watching the effort to create Maine’s recreational marijuana market has been a lot like observing a rocket take off from Cape Canaveral — lots of anticipation, waiting, and more than a few scrubbed launches.

But in Augusta there’s a quieter movement afoot that could significantly affect hundreds of Mainers in the state’s medical marijuana industry. It comes at a time when the recreational law appears to be taking a bite out of medical pot sales.

Alysia Melnick helped lead the 2016 campaign to legalize adult-use marijuana, and she’s kept a close eye on the Legislature’s tortured efforts to get the market up and running.

Fri
02
Feb

Maine employers can no longer drug test for Marijuana, but legal sales still stalled

Maine is now the first state to institutionally protect employees from unfair hiring and firing practices due to cannabis use. At the same time, adult-use pot shops are still nowhere to be found.

Maine's year-old moratorium on adult-use cannabis sales is set to expire today, but the state is still months, if not longer, from opening recreational pot shops.

But as state legislators and Republican Governor Paul LePage continue to delay open access to dispensaries, starting today, February 1st, Maine businesses will no longer be able to fire employees for off-the-clock weed use or disqualify job applicants based solely on testing positive for marijuana after a drug test.

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